Ministry of Agriculture launches national livestock identification program

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The launch marks the culmination of months of research, planning and stakeholder engagement to implement a comprehensive animal information management system across all 36 states and the FCT.

In partnership with Megacorp Nigeria Limited, an indigenous agriculture and analytics company, NAITS will enable Nigeria to comply with global animal information management standards. In his remarks, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar; the Minister of Agriculture highlighted the critical role that digital technology plays in improving productivity in the livestock sector.

Recent floods across Nigeria and discussions at the ongoing COP22 summit have shed light on our fragile agricultural ecosystem. The Ministry of Agriculture has taken on the task of supporting the federal government’s efforts towards food self-sufficiency, since livestock farming is essential to improving the food security of citizens.

With an economic potential of over N33 trillion contributing 9% of GDP and over 20 million head of livestock, this project will revitalize the untapped potential of the national livestock sector and provide food, jobs and much-needed economic growth.

To unlock this value, FMARD will deploy Ranch.ID developed by Megacorp to build a comprehensive animal information management system using tamper-proof ear tags, livestock passports, and a digital ID and livestock tracking system. cattle across Nigeria.

Led by FMARD’s Department of Animal Husbandry Services, NAITS is based on global animal information management standards. It will collect, analyze and process data on livestock, owners and key stakeholders allowing users to trace the life of a particular animal from birth to death.

The project includes animal traceability to access the history of owners and movements of animals throughout their lives. This is crucial to support disease prevention, surveillance and control, including the management of livestock vaccination programs. In addition, it will track the breeding, ownership and movement of livestock, including across borders. This will help address the persistent challenges of cattle rustling, including theft prevention and interception, which breed insecurity in farming communities.

The National Animal Identification and Traceability System was developed in collaboration with a range of stakeholders, including cattle ranchers and traditional communities, to ensure buy-in and effective implementation. The future of livestock management in Nigeria relies on technology solutions like Ranch.ID which speaks the language of the future – data.

Livestock data will open up whole new critical revenue streams as they seek to formalize the sector while removing the elusiveness that plagues large-scale ranchers. This will create new foreign investment opportunities for the sector and boost Nigeria’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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